Partners In Health Haiti Earthquake Recovery

 
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Mar 27, 2010

Standing - and Walking - in Haiti

With thousands of survivors needing amputations to save their lives following the January 12 earthquake, the PIH/Zanmi Lasante team has been increasingly concerned with how to help amputee patients literally get back on their feet.

A partnership with Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) is starting to fit these patients with prosthetic devices. With a well-stocked factory in partnership with prosthetics manufacturer Hanger, HAS has already begun accepting patients referred by PIH/ZL from the Central Plateau and Artibonite regions.

In early March, the PIH/ZL team brought three patients with lower extremity amputations to HAS for their prosthetic fitting. Staff noted the immediate change in the women as soon as they received their new legs--they were each able to stand up and walk with the aid of parallel bars, and quickly left behind their fears, prejudices, and doubts with each determined step. PIH/ZL staff also report that the three women are now able to walk as well as kick soccer balls - and next up on their agenda is dancing.

These three women are just a few of the patients who have undergone procedures at our hospitals and will be receiving prosthetic care through this partnership. Thank you for enabling this work!

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Laura Soucy

Annual Giving Coordinator
Boston, MA United States

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